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HS Counseling Department

27 days ago

Welcome to the OVHS Counseling Department


Mrs. Karen Shearer (Guidance Secretary) 610-987-4100 ext. 6013 kshearer@ovsdpa.org

Miss Christine Devine (School Counselor) Students Last Names A – G  cdevine@ovsdpa.org

Mrs. AnnMarie Borovik (School Counselor)  Students Last Names H – O aborovik@ovsdpa.org

Ms. Kristina Angstadt (School Counselor)  Students Last Names P – Z  kangstadt@ovsdpa.org


Counseling Department Information
Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday during the regular school year.

Students, please schedule an appointment through the counselors, preferably during a study hall or lunch period.
Parents, please arrange to meet with your counselor by calling or emailing to make an appointment.

 

Senior College Applications

about 1 month ago

Steps to College Application

1. Review your unofficial transcript with your parent/guardian.

2.   A parent/guardian must then sign the TRANSCRIPT RELEASE form and return it to the guidance office.

3.  Schedule a senior meeting with your school counselor.

4.  Begin to fill out your college applications online (applications are available on the college website that you are

applying to).

5. Once you have submitted your application move that college from COLLEGES I AM THINKING ABOUT on

Naviance to COLLEGES I AM APPLYING TO.  If you completed a common application be sure to match your

common app on Naviance.

6.  Click on the letters of recommendation and send an invitation to your teachers to upload their letter onto

Naviance.

7.  Submit your transcript request form to your counselor.

8. If you have not done so already sign on to Collegeboard to send your SAT at collegeboard.org or ACT at act.org.

SAT/ACT scores are not included on the high school transcript.

9.  Apply for Financial Aid after October 1.  Visit fafsa.ed.gov

 

BERKS CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

25 days ago

The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) offers programs in 37 different career areas to students from 16 area school districts. Two campuses serve students in Berks County. The East campus is located in Oley and the West campus is located in Leesport. Students electing BCTC attend on a half-day basis, taking required academic courses at their high school while attending the BCTC for their technical program. Programs are designed for three years in length beginning in the 10th grade, however, 11th and 12th grade students may also begin a program. All programs are available to all students regardless of district location.

Laboratories equipped with computers, industrial machinery, and other state-of-the-art equipment provide hands-on training for students in addition to the academic component of each course of study. All curriculum is competency based, allowing students to proceed at a rate that is best for them and tailored to meet their own career objectives.

There are many opportunities available for students enrolled in a BCTC program. All programs prepare students for immediate employment or higher education. Senior students who demonstrate a high level of competency in their program can participate in a supervised work based learning experience. In addition, articulation agreements with the following postsecondary schools provide advanced credits or advanced placement: Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography, Automotive Training Center, Baran Institute of Technology, Berks Technical Institute, Central Pennsylvania College, Information Computer Systems Institute, Johnson and Wales University, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh Valley College, Lincoln Technical Institute, Montgomery County Community College, Nashville Auto Diesel College, Northampton Community College, Ohio Technical College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Reading Area Community College, Schuylkill Institute of Business & Technology, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Thompson Institute, and Universal Technical Institute, University of Northwestern Ohio, Welder Training and Technical Institute. Currently, 33 BCTC programs have articulation agreements to offer students advanced credit at the post-secondary level to pursue a certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree.

LIST OF BCTC PROGRAMS www.berkscareer.com
Go to the listed website to read more about the programs at the Berks Career and Technology Center. BCTC students who plan to pursue post-secondary education (certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree) should take a rigorous high school academic program in the areas of math,
science, and English.

East Campus (Oley)

West Campus (Leesport)

Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarships opportunities are available for student and parent review on Naviance. For copies of scholarship applications please check the Scholarship Binder in the guidance office.

Dual Enrollment

27 days ago

DUAL ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT WITH READING AREA
COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Oley Valley Senior High School and Reading Area Community College have entered into a dual enrollment agreement whereby students may earn college credit while they are still in high school.

DUAL ENROLLMENT – Participating students will receive credit from both institutions. High school graduation credit will be awarded from OVHS, and transferable college credit will be awarded from RACC. OVHS faculty members on the OVHS campus will teach the courses.

TRANSFERABILITY – RACC maintains a number of articulation agreements with traditional four-year colleges and universities. Since these courses would be traditional college freshman selections, the transferability factor is high. However, students are encouraged to
obtain verification by contacting the colleges and universities where they are interested in attending.

TUITION AND FEES – Tuition and fees are established by RACC and are subject to change. Current tuition information will be made available to all students enrolled in a dual enrollment course. Bills are sent to
the home of the registered students by the RACC cashier’s office. Once a student has registered for a course, should he/she decide to withdraw from the course, the amount of the refund is dependent upon the date RACC receives notice of the intended withdrawal.

TRANSCRIPT – Students can obtain official transcripts by sending a written request (along with $3.00 fee) to: Registrar, Reading Area Community College, P.O. Box 1706, Reading, PA 19603.

TIME LINE – All courses will follow the OVHS school calendar.  A school counselor will distribute registration information to students in Advanced Composition, AP English, AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Calculus courses.

RACC CONTACT
Jodi Corbett, RACC Liason

Phone 610-607-6219

Email: jcorbett@racc.edu

DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES

OVHS  COURSE TITLE

OVHS
CREDIT
VALUE

RACC NUMBER & COURSE TITLE

RACC
CREDIT
VALUE

English IV CP/H

1.0

COM 121 English Composition

3.0

English IV H

.5

*COM 131 Composition & Literature

3.0

AP European History

1.0

HIS 125 Western Civilization 1600-1945

3.0

AP U.S. History

1.0

HIS 110 History of the U.S. to 1877 and
HIS 115 History of the U.S. since 1865
(both courses must be scheduled during first semester.)

3.0 3.0

AP Calculus AB I

.5

MAT 220 Calculus I

4.0

AP Calculus AB II

.5

MAT 221 Calculus II

4.0

348 AP Calculus BC

1.0

MAT 222 Calculus III

4.0

AP Biology

1.0

BIO 150 Biology I and
**BIO 155 Biology II

4.0
4.0(total of 8)

AP Chemistry


CHE 150 Chemistry I and
**CHE 155 Chemistry II

4.0
4.0(total of 8)

 

College Internet Resources

26 days ago

Students should also visit the Naviance website for additional on line links and resources.

Accredited PA Online College Resources

US Department of  Education College Navigator – A free resource that provides all national data and allows students to compare several schools side by side, looking at cost, graduation rates, etc.  This site also provides campus safety and security reports.  http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Big Future College Board – Here’s a step-by-step road map to college. Get advice on what to do when and track your progress. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

Fastweb provides students with a free scholarship database and college search service. www.fastweb.com

College Board Online – This site provides information about the SAT tests and allows you to register for the test online with a credit card.  The site also serves as the portal to a wealth of other useful tools, including an excellent college search engine and information about financial aid.   Students need to establish an account with a username and password to access all available services at http://www.collegeboard.com .

Occupational Outlook Handbook – A classic reference about occupations from A to Z. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

SAT Testing Central  http://www.testdatescentral.com/sat-test-dates.html  Know your official exam date and get test prep help so you’ll be prepared for your upcoming SAT.

MyRoad is a personalized exploration tool for exploring colleges, majors and careers.  Students can utilize the MyPlan program to record, track, and manage personal information such as courses taken, jobs held, and activities participated in.  Students can also take a personality assessment and track their interests and goals.  Students who took the PSAT can use this program free of charge. To set up personal accounts students should go to  http://www.myroad.com , and use the personal code provided to them on their PSATscore reports.

Kaplan Online – This site provides information on standardized test preparation courses with links to over 300 colleges and universities and related services. http://www.kaplan.com

Peterson’s Education Center – Valuable resources on schools K-12 through graduate study.  Good college search engine http://www.petersons.com

Online COMMON APPLICATION – Online application form for all colleges and universities that accept the COMMON APPLICATION.  http://www.commonapp.org

 

Summer Programs
SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

SUMMER PROGRAMS – A multitude of summer opportunities are available for students. Many of these programs have early registration deadlines. See the summer program binder in the guidance office for more information or sign on to Naviance Family Connection for a list of summer enrichment programs.

Naviance

27 days ago

WELCOME to Family Connection in Naviance!


Family Connection from Naviance is a Web-based service designed for students, parents and counselors.  It is a comprehensive website that you can use to help make decisions about courses, colleges and careers.  Family Connection provides up-to-date information that is specific to our students at Oley Valley High School.  It allows us to share information with you about upcoming meetings, news and events, as well as other Web resources for college and career information.

Naviance provides many uses for families throughout the college search process.  It can serve as a direct link for students to college websites and applications and houses information personal to the student such as GPA and test scores.  This allows the student to compare their data with that of past Oley Valley graduates who have applied to the same colleges and universities.

The following link provides an introduction and tutorial on navigating Family Connection:
https://www.naviance.com/resources/tag/family-connection

Students and parents are now able to log in to Family Connection in Naviance using the following link:
https://connection.naviance.com/oleyvhs

Passwords for parents to access Family Connection were sent home in August.  If you have misplaced this sign on information please call Mrs. Bonnie Kreider at the Oley Valley Guidance office and she will provide you with a username and password.

We hope you will get familiar with Naviance Family Connection and all that it has to offer for your college and career planning.

PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

6 months ago

The Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), is pleased to announce the availability of the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line.  The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying.  This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

6 months ago

The Oley Valley High School Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a comprehensive model for the delivery of prevention, intervention and support services for students and their families that are designed to help students achieve personal and academic success. 

What is SAP?The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of School Options and Safety in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.  The SAP brochure will provide you with more information on the SAP process and how to make a referral.  http://www.sap.state.pa.us/uploadedfiles/SAPguideforstudents.pdf

What happens after a student is referred:
Referrals to the Student Assistance Team may be made by faculty, staff, parents, students, or by self-referral. An official referral can be made by contacting a member of the Student Assistance Team. Once an official referral has been made the Student Assistance Team will utilize a systematic process of gathering data to assist in the assessment of the student’s need for help and counseling. When a significant problem is found to exist, the parent or guardian of the student will be contacted by the school and recommendations made for appropriate actions.  All referrals will be handled confidentially, following the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

THE TEAM:
The Student Assistance Team is comprised of a group of trained teachers, counselors, nurses, and administrators who strive to provide support to student.

High School Team Members

Mr. Miles, Assistant Principal
Ms. Devine, School Counselor                                                                                                                                   Mrs. Kelly Hunsberger, School Counselor                                                                                                                      Mrs. AnnMarie Borovik, School Counselor
Mrs. Stutzman, School Nurse
Mrs. Jennifer Cronin, Teacher                                                                                                                                       Mr. Aaron Magaro, Teacher
Mrs. Lori Myers, Student Assistance Program Liaison from Caron Foundation

Group Permission Form

Project Connect Postcard

AP Exams

28 days ago

The AP® Program

AP Exams
Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Earn College Credit and Placement
Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you’ll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.  To learn more about colleges/universities credit policies use this search engine http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/apsearch.jsp

AP Credit Policy Information – Find colleges and universities with AP credit policy information: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/apsearch.jsp

Preparing

Work with your AP teachers to prepare for the upcoming exams.  Also, explore College Board for free preparation questions.
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/prep_free.html

AP and Cost of College
This information sheet highlights recent research findings on the relationship between AP participation and college costs, and shows how AP can help students and parents mitigate the cost of college.   ap-exam-promo-flyer-2009

Scores
July 1 – Scores by Phone and Additional Score Reports by Phone available for.

College Affordability & Financial Aid

28 days ago

Students that are planning on attending college can apply for Financial Aid after October 1 of their senior year. Both the student and a parent will be required to apply for a FSA ID prior to submitting the FAFSA .  The FSA ID and FAFSA applications are available at FAFSA.ed.gov

Different types of postsecondary institutions across the country charge a wide range of prices for undergraduate tuition and fees, room and board, and other expenses. Read more about the costs associated with attending colleges and universities in Trends in College Pricing. 

Click the link below for some Trends in College Pricing:

http://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=10679643&ep_rid=117112089

SAT & ACT Information

28 days ago

SAT

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

Students must register for the SAT’s at :

http://sat.collegeboard.org/home?affiliateId=nav&bannerId=g-cbh-sat

Practice tests are also available online at http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/ or there are paper copies of SAT tests in the Guidance Office.

When to Take the Test

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school, but the SAT can be taken at anytime during a student’s high school career. At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students also improve their score the second time around.

For the SAT Subject Tests™, most students take them toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. In general, you should take tests such as World History, Biology E/M, Chemistry or Physics as soon as possible after completing the course in the subject. Students tend to do better on other tests like languages after at least two years of study. Students should check on college admissions pages in Naviance to see which schools require subject tests.

ACT

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing test.  Practice tests are available at http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.   Students must register online at http://www.actstudent.org/

What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2016.  The SAT now  has three sections that cover Critical Reading, Math and Writing and Language. Their is an optional Essay Test that students can take.

US colleges accept either the SAT or the ACT so the choice of which test to take really depends on a student’s personal preference.  If a student takes both the SAT and ACT they should plan on taking a second administration of the test that they preferred.

 

Online College Course Resource for Students

28 days ago

Below are comprehensive educational resources which allow anyone to search for accredited online schools throughout the nation, specific online degree programs, or online colleges in Pennsylvania that can help you pursue an education and career of your choice.

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/pennsylvania/
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/degree-programs/
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/guide/

~ Pennsylvania’s Accredited Online Colleges